In the 1960s, then up and coming Chilean artist Claudio Bravo was invited to visit the Philippines by no less than President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos. Bravo stayed for around six months in 1968 and did commissioned portraits of some of Manila’s rich and famous. These portraits are the focus of an ongoing exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
The Embassy of Chile and geothermal energy producer Energy Development Corporation presents Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila as a tribute to the world-renowned hyperrealist artist who died last year. It is also a celebration of the ties between the Philippines and Chile. The inauguration of the exhibit on September 18 coincided with the 202nd anniversary of Chile’s independence.
Claudio Bravo’s striking portraits of Manila’s high society evoke an air of formality that recalls the timeless classical paintings of the Renaissance era. Done mostly using graphite, … Continue Reading →
Ongoing at the Yuchengco Museum in RCBC Plaza, Makati is an exhibition of the latest collection of paintings by Marcel Antonio. Titled “The Romantic Lie: Desire, Ennui, Anxiety,” Antonio’s works here are replete with symbolism and peopled by characters with different stories to tell. Animals, like an owl, hare and rooster, as well as whimsical images such as a winged horse and winged boots are strategically placed in some works, which should predictably elicit varied interpretations. Desire, ennui and anxiety are seen in the characters’ faces and postures, with men and women alike gazing out longingly into the unknown and at least one young man contentedly napping away the hours.
This new series of Antonio’s works, done in oil and acrylic, is in response to a 2010 blog essay posted by poet VIS De Veyra wherein he critiques Antonio’s body of work. New poems by De Veyra are featured in this latest exhibition’s catalog.
Exhibit … Continue Reading →